Cleaning with vinegar: the miracle cleaner!
Cleaning with vinegar provides an economical and natural alternative to expensive and toxic chemical cleaners. White vinegar is a natural disinfectant and you won't have to worry about the effects
of harsh chemicals on your hands, your surfaces, or the environment .
use vinegar to clean the counters and stove every night after dinner - I just
pour some on an old cloth and wipe everything down. It works like a
dream! Cuts right through grease and does not leave any streaks.
I also use it in the bathroom: cleaning with vinegar makes the
faucets and counter tops look as clean as if they are new - and it is so
I buy white vinegar by the gallon for cleaning. Fill
spray bottles with half white vinegar and half water and keep one in the
kitchen and one in the bathroom for quick clean ups.
Vinegar and water is all you need. Never mix with bleach as it is hazardous.
Cleaning with Vinegar
- In the kitchen: Filmy dirt and greasy residue formed on the
tops and sides of stoves and refrigerators come clean with a wiping of
full strength vinegar. Cleaning with vinegar works on sinks and
counter tops too.
- Refrigerator: Use a solution of one part vinegar and one part water to clean the inside of your refrigerator then with water to rinse.
- Coffee Pot:
If your coffee pot is running slow from mineral build up just pour a
cup of vinegar through it with a clean filter. Run two or three pots
full of water through after cleaning with vinegar to remove the vinegar.
- Reduce dust: Keep exhaust fan grills, air conditioner blades
and grills dust free and blowing clear, clean air by sponging away
grease and dirt with a sponge dipped in full strength vinegar.
- Garbage disposal:
To keep your disposal clean and fresh smelling, mix one cup of white
vinegar in a sufficient amount of water to fill an ice cube tray. Freeze
the mixture and run the cubes through the disposal. Rinse with cold
water for one minute.
- Windows and mirrors: Use ¼ cup vinegar in one quart of water for cleaning glass. If it is especially dirty, add a drop of dish soap to the mixture.
- Furniture: Mix one part olive oil and one part vinegar in a bowl and apply to furniture with a soft cloth to clean.
Vinegar may not be suitable for all surfaces such as marble and other
natural stone. If in doubt check with the manufacturer first.
Cleaning with Vinegar - Bathrooms
- Shower heads can get clogged with mineral deposits from your
water. Remove the deposits by mixing 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 quart water
in a large bowl or bucket. Remove the shower head and soak it in vinegar
solution for 15 minutes. For plastic shower heads, soak for 1 hour in a
mixture of 1 pint vinegar and 1 pint hot water.
soap scum on shower doors and walls by spraying them with vinegar. Let
dry, then respray to dampen. Wipe clean. If needed, reapply and let it
sit for several hours. Then dampen and wipe clean again.
Shower curtains or liners can become dulled by soap film or plagued
with mildew. Keep vinegar in a spray bottle near the shower, and squirt
the shower curtains once or twice a week. No need to rinse.
Sometimes mildew will leave a stain on shower curtains if not promptly
removed. To remove these stains, mix borax with enough vinegar to make a
paste, then scrub the stained area.
- Pour vinegar into
the toilet and let it sit for 30 minutes. Next sprinkle baking soda on a
toilet-bowl brush and scour any remaining stained areas. Flush. Poor
full strength in the toilet and let stand overnight and then swish with a
toilet brush and flush. Keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water under
the sink for wiping down surfaces. Wipe down your shower with vinegar
and rinse to get rid of soap scum.
For general cleanup of problem areas on carpets or rugs, use equal parts
vinegar and water. Lightly sponge the solution into carpet, rinse, and
blot dry. Let the carpet dry before using the area again. For carpet
stains, vinegar sometimes is your best bet. Here's how to remove some
specific types of carpet stains with vinegar:
- Coffee: Coffee
spilled on a rug should come out easily with plain water if you get it
immediately. If not, mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, and sponge the
solution into the rug. Blot up any excess, and rinse until the brown
color is gone.
- Cola: Immediately blot a cola spill with paper towels, then clean the area with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.
Chocolate: Chocolate stains can be cleaned with 1 part vinegar and 2
parts water. Sponge on the mixture, and blot the stain with lots of
clean cloths until it is gone.
- Chewing gum: To dissolve
chewing gum stuck in carpet or any cloth, saturate the area with
vinegar and let it sit briefly. (For faster results, heat the vinegar
first.) Carefully tug at the gum to remove it.
Remove ketchup from a rug by sponging a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 2
cups water into the rug. Frequently wring out the sponge until the stain
- Glue: A well-dried spot of white school glue
can be taken out of a carpet with vinegar (1 part vinegar to 2 parts
water). Just sponge on the mixture and blot. If spot is stubborn, cover
it with warm vinegar and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. When glue has
softened, either scrape it up by using a dull knife or blot it with
- Ink: An ink stain on a carpet or rug
should be treated immediately by blotting and spraying the stained area
with hair spray. Once the ink spot is gone, work a solution of half
vinegar, half water into the area to remove the sticky spray.
Mildew: Once mildew gets into a rug, it lives and grows. Kill it with a
50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Make sure the rug dries completely.
You may want to use a hair dryer set on low to speed the drying time.
Red wine: Immediately blot up all moisture from the spill, then
sprinkle the area with salt. Let sit 15 minutes before cleaning with
vinegar. The salt should absorb any remaining wine in the carpet
(turning pink as a result). Then clean the entire area with a mixture of
1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water.
Cleaning Hard Surface Floors
ceramic tile, linoleum and vinyl, or wood, cleaning with vinegar can
make your hard-surface floors sparkle. Here's how:
- Whether it's
ceramic tile, lineoleum and vinyl, or wood, cleaning with vinegar can
make your hard-surface floors sparkle. Here's how:
floors: Scrub a vinyl floor with a mixture of 1 gallon water and 1 cup
vinegar. If floor needs a polish after cleaning with vinegar, use club
- Wood: Add a cup of plain vinegar to a gallon
bucket of water, and mop lightly onto hardwood floors (do not saturate).
There's no need to rinse. This will keep the floors shiny and remove
any greasy buildup.
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